NetPaul's defense of Shin Fundi-Mentalism
- Hi Jim -
I'm not going to let this on-line Sangha devlove into yet
one more online Buddhist debating society.
My personal mission is to help sincere people come to
settled SHINJIN and be sealed for Buddhahood at the end of
this life. To do that, I invest significant time and effort
into disseminating Shinran's teaching.
Unlike you, I do it under the watchful eye of one of the
world's leading Shin Buddhist scholars. So what I preach
and teach isn't some half-baked concoction of my own ideas -
but reflects Shinran's understanding - of which Eiken Kobai
Sensei is a leading expositor.
If you want to help people understand the dharma by
propagating YOUR ideas, start a website or Yahoo Group where
YOU are the owner.
I wish you well in your journey.
Pending the destruction of all human life the total end of the Dharma
is just not possible. You are confusing metaphors with reality.
Really think about it. Since most copies of the Larger sutra are
bound together with the other two...how can just the Larger one
survive 100 years without the other two? The answer lies in the fact
that the author of the larger sutra had no way of knowing that sutras
in the future would be bound together. The author was merely giving
hope to the readers that his message was important enough to survive
til the end. Other sutras deal with this especially the doctrine of
kosen-rufu in the Lotus Sutra (where the extinction of the dharma is
prevented by people spreading the Lotus sutra throout the world
(which was done in the late 1800's).